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David Croft

David Croft

(1922 – 2011)

  • Lit because you deserve it for all the joy you have brought us and many other people. Hope you have them laughing in heaven. RIP.
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David Croft

David Croft
(1922 – 2011)

In memory of

David Croft

(1922 – 2011)
About David
This is an online tribute dedicated to David Croft. Major David Croft, OBE (born David John Sharland) was an English writer, producer and director. David Croft is particularly noted for producing and co-writing a string of popular BBC sitcoms including You Rang, M'Lord?, Dad's Army, Are You Being Served?, It Ain't Half Hot Mum, Hi-de-Hi! and 'Allo 'Allo!.
David Croft was born into a showbiz family: his mother, Annie Croft, was a famous stage actress and his father, Reginald Sharland, had a successful career as a radio actor in Hollywood. David Croft married theatrical agent Ann Callender on 29 June 1940, and they have seven children.
David Croft graduated from Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in 1942,
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and immediately entered the British Army. He served during World War II in North Africa, India and Singapore, rising to the rank of Major. When his military service ended he began working in the entertainment industry, as an actor, singer and writer, eventually settling as a TV producer.
David Croft relocated to the North East to work at Tyne Tees Television, where he produced many editions of the variety show The One O'Clock Show. For Tyne Tees, Croft also directed and produced the admags Ned's Shed and Mary Goes to Market, as well as producing his first sitcom, Under New Management, set in a derelict pub in the North of England.
After leaving Tyne Tees Television to work at the BBC in the mid-1960s,
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he produced a number of the Corporation's popular sitcoms such as Beggar My Neighbour, Further Up Pompeii! and Hugh and I. It was while producing Hugh and I that he was introduced to actor Jimmy Perry, who handed him an unsolicited script for a pilot called The Fighting Tigers about the British Home Guard during World War II. David Croft liked the idea. Renamed Dad's Army, the two men co-wrote nine series of the show, plus a feature film and stage show.
While Dad's Army was still running, he began to co-write Are You Being Served? with Jeremy Lloyd. He was to continue both writing partnerships for the rest of his career in several hit series including It Ain't Half Hot Mum, Hi-de-Hi!, 'Allo 'Allo! and You
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Rang, M'Lord?. His last full series Oh, Doctor Beeching! from 1995 was co-written with Richard Spendlove, although he did create a television pilot in 2007 entitled Here Comes The Queen with Jeremy Lloyd.
As a producer, his regular practice was to signal the end of an episode with the caption "You Have Been Watching", followed by vignettes of the main cast.
David Croft became an Officer of The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire with Jimmy Perry in 1978 for services to television. He also received the 1981 Desmond Davis award from the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, for his outstanding contributions to the industry.
David Croft passed away on the 27th September 2011. This is an
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online memorial dedicated to his life and his career. May he rest in peace.
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On 27th Sep 2011
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Sorry to hear of your passing. Thanks for all the laughs. ;-)
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Lit because you deserve it for all the joy you have brought us and many other people. Hope you have them laughing in heaven. RIP.
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David Croft

This is an online tribute dedicated to David Croft. Major David Croft, OBE (born David John Sharland) was an English writer, producer and director. David Croft is particularly noted for producing and co-writing a string of popular BBC sitcoms including You Rang, M'Lord?, Dad's Army, Are You Being Served?, It Ain't Half Hot Mum, Hi-de-Hi! and 'Allo 'Allo!.
David Croft was born into a showbiz family: his mother, Annie Croft, was a famous stage actress and his father, Reginald Sharland, had a successful career as a radio actor in Hollywood. David Croft married theatrical agent Ann Callender on 29 June 1940, and they have seven children.
David Croft graduated from Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in 1942,...

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